Scripture reading: Luke 23:13-25, John 19:1-16
It’s always sad when day 40 comes to an end. This is the 3rd year I have written for 40 days during lent. Each year has been different, with hard times and good, but the most powerful part of devoting myself to this practice is hearing God through these writings. He leads them in ways that are inexplicable and I am so honored. I hope these 40 days have been just as glorious for you.
We have reached Holy Week, Jesus has been arrested. Our protagonist seems very distressed. Jesus reminds Pilate, “The one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19: 11) I hope this relieved his anguish some. After trying to release Jesus over three times, I believe Pilate could see Christ for who he really was. Pilate went on later to be relinquished as the governor of Judea. Josephus, in his historical writings, stated that Pilate returned to Rome after a mishap involving a riot with the Samaritans in AD 36. Pilate endured many riots during his political reign, with them leading to his undoing. There is no mention again of Pilate. Maybe he moved on to a new post, but I guarantee he never forgot his confrontation with the One true God. I like to think that he became a believer that day, and when he stated the words above, “Here is your King,” he relayed this in speech and in spirit.
Enjoy this week. The time that we celebrate Easter is such a beautiful time of year. Remember all that we have learned from the days of Daniel, to Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, the Herod family, a little theological study of the book of Romans, to the legendary Pontius Pilate. History is never dull. To really get a grasp of the scriptures we need to remember to hold the scriptures in parallel to what was happening culturally and historically. We can not just thumb through God’s word and cherry pick verses to provide clarity and understanding. We are called to study it, meditate on it, and place it in our hearts. Until next year, may God bless you all.